hallway hideout

Sometimes the best learning happens in the hallways. Todays technology class was an exploration of the educational potential of the video game Minecraft. A group of expert elementary school students introduced the world of Minecraft to us with inspiring words: “you can do anything”; “the sky’s the limit”; “there are no rules”; “you can create … More hallway hideout

screen smarts

The lesson in our Technology and Innovation in Education class this week was titled, “Shiny vs. Scary Internet.” Since starting this class two months ago I have been voraciously eating-up articles, blogs and videos documenting the positive potential of technology in classrooms. I have surprised myself as an easy convert to valuing technology as a vastly … More screen smarts

rethinking conferences

Student empowerment is a buzz word I often find myself using when I describe my goals as a teacher; however, tangible examples of how to facilitate empowerment in classrooms can be hard to articulate. I have the fortune of taking off my educator cap these days, and instead wearing a student cap, and in doing … More rethinking conferences

finding flow

Since Steve Cardwell, Director of the Executive Educational Leadership Program at UBC, gave a presentation in our EDCI336 class last week on student engagement, I have been thinking about flow. Steven introduced flow as a state of learning that is achieved when students feel both a high sense of challenge and high sense of skill … More finding flow